Ways to Escape One’s Former Country
Baltensperger + Siepert
B+S Productions, Zurich 2017
Handbook for an Uncertain Migration
Ways to Escape One’s Former Country is based on a series of interviews with asylum seekers in Switzerland conducted between 2015 and 2017. The focus of the interviews was on the pragmatic aspects of their fleeing.
How do you prepare to leave your home country and what do you need to know once your journey has begun?
Baltensperger + Siepert then appropriated the interviews, liberated them from the narrating subject and transformed them into direct instructions.
The artists see fleeing as an act of political disobedience, for which people cross political, territorial, and social borders.
The book itself consists of 18 instructions of how to leave one’s former home country to get to Europe.